Bo Van Pelt carded a flawless closing round of seven-under-par 64 to claim an impressive six-shot victory in the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic at The Mines.
The 36-year-old American finished the tournament with a total of 23-under-par 261, six shots ahead of compatriot Jeff Overton who closed with a 69. The win ended a two-year title drought for Van Pelt, who last won a tournament in the 2009 US Bank Championship in Milwaukee.
“I had a couple of chances to win this year but didn’t convert them. It was a tough pill to swallow and learn to do a better job when I got the lead, so I take great satisfaction in how I played today,” said Van Pelt, who began the last round with a one shot advantage over Overton. The two Americans were neck and neck over the first 1 holes, but Van Pelt pulled away with three straight birdies from 13 to 15 as Overton fell back with successive bogeys on 12 and 13
Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson finished third on 16-under-par after signing off with a 68, one shot ahead of Americans Cameron Tringale and Mark Wilson, and Colombian Camilo Villegas.
Defending champion Ben Crane finished joint 20th on 10-under-par. The popular American drew a huge cheer from the gallery at the 18th when he putted out for a closing 69
Malaysia’s Danny Chia meanwhile picked up the biggest paycheque with a joint 13th place finish on 12-under-par. With a huge gallery following him, the Malaysian No. 1 did extremely well to keep his game together en route to a closing round of 71.
“Yesterday, I told myself that it wasn’t going to be easy today. I was going to accept bad shots but recover well. I did that today which I was happy about,” said Chia, who pocketed a cheque for US$85,000 – the biggest of his career.
“I wasn’t hitting the ball well today and it was difficult to score, but I accepted that. I had a couple of good days and today wasn’t my day,” added the 39-year-old, who opened his campaign with a 71 and then climbed up the leaderboard with subsequent rounds of 65 and 66.
The other Malaysian in the field, Shaaban Hussin, narrowly missed out on the dubious distinction of winding up dead last in the tournament for the second year running. He finished in joint 45th spot on seven-over-par with Argentine Angel Cabrera, two shot clear of India’s SSP Chowrasia at the bottom of the standings. Ryan Moore of the United States withdrew after the third round, citing a shoulder injury.
The shot of the final round was a spectacular hole-in-one by American Ryan Palmer at the par three seventh hole, using a six-iron. Unfortunately, the hole-in-one prize of a BNW 530i was only on offer at the 15th hole.
-17 Jeff OVERTON 67-62-69-69 -16 Fredrik JACOBSON 65-64-71-68 -15 Cameron TRINGALE 66-68-71-64, Camilo VILLEGAS 69-66-68-66, Mark WILSON 67-66-67-69 -14 John SENDEN 67-70-68-65, Vijay SINGH 72-64-66-68, Ryan PALMER 71-65-67-67 -13 Jeev SINGH 69-69-67-66, Jerry KELLY 69-66-69-67, Jason DUFNER 70-67-65-69 -12 Danny CHIA 71-65-66-70, Robert ALLENBY 63-72-70-67, Brandt SNEDEKER 71-68-67-66, Stewart CINK 67-66-71-68, Jimmy WALKER 66-67-71-68, Chris KIRK 65-67-69 -11 Ricky BARNES 69-71-66-67 -10 Jonathan BYRD 69-68-69-68, Kiradech APHIBARNRAT 70-67-72-65, Ben CRANE 69-68-68-69 -9 Spencer LEVIN 70-67-72-66, Tommy GAINEY 68-70-70-67, Jhonattan VEGAS 64-69-72-70 -8 Kyle STANLEY 68-69-72-67, Thongchai JAIDEE 68-71-68-69 -7 Jbe KRUGER 70-70-72-65, Rory SABBATINI 68-70-73-66, Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL 70-66-72-69 -6 Brendon DE JONGE 68-72-70-68, Stuart APPLEBY 72-67-71-68, Scott STALLINGS 67-72-70-69, Chez REAVIE 69-71-67-71 -5 D.A. POINTS 71-68-71-69, David GLEESON 73-71-70-65 -4 Brian DAVIS 71-71-71-67, Carl PETTERSSON 68-67-78-67, Lucas GLOVER 71-70-71-68, Mohd SIDDIKUR 68-73-68-71 -3 Tetsuji HIRATSUKA 70-72-72-67 +2 Charley HOFFMAN 69-73-75-69, Brendan STEELE 74-73-70-69 +4 CHAN Yih-shin 72-70-74-72 +7 Angel CABRERA 73-73-69-76, Shaaban HUSSIN 72-72-75-72 +9 S.S.P. CHOWRASIA 75-71-74-73